Howto open Cordova browser wrapper in <ion-side-menu-content>

I’m still getting familiar with the inAppBrowser plugin, org.apache.cordova.inappbrowser, and the differences between the Cordova browser wrapper and the system browser. But one thing I’d like to do is to open an external link inside <ion-side-menu-content> so I still have access to the side menu <ion-nav-bar>.

When I use with the plugin, it takes over the entire WebView with a simple toolbar at the bottom.

  1. Is it possible to open/close the browser view as a child of the side-menu and using ui-router?
  2. I can’t seem to call successfully from $ionicView.enter. but it works find from an ng-click. What am I doing wrong?

I may be barking up the wrong tree, but my ultimate goal is to offer a Pocket/Instapaper style offline reader that bundles bookmarked links (from a style forum like this one) using something like